If thereís one thing I hate more than onions, parking space stealers and doing the dishes, itís mean people.
Mean people suck!
Iím not talking about people who share harmless gossip or donít go out of their way to be nice to someone they donít like Ė hell, weíve all done that, donít you even think about denying it.
Iím talking about those people that go out of their way to make someone feel like dirt, or actively try to make someone cry.
Iíve known mean people all my life. Iím not necessarily talking about bullies or anything like that, not people that just have low self esteem and canít find another outlet for their sadness Ė I mean people that actually seem to take joy in other peopleís suffering.
The slightly sadistic people who not only revel in other peopleís shortcomings, but will go out of their way to point them out just because they feel itís their right.
I donít understand the logic behind this. I donít see how this can be rationalized. I know thereís some people out there that just want to watch the world burn, or whatever, but leaving a trail of chaos and tears in their wake Ė how do those people sleep at night!?
Okay, deep breath. Calm down. Lots of people have ďdark sidesĒ where they say and do things that may not exactly reflect who they really are. Sometimes thereís someone out there that just brings out the worst in you, and you almost canít help talking down to them.
Iíve known people like that, as much as it shames me to admit. This girl I worked with years ago just woke the beast in my brain every time she opened her mouth and words came out. It was asinine and totally not worth my time, but I swear I couldnít help it!
But at least I acknowledge it!
But that was just one person Ė Iíd never walk around and be like that to everyone I came across.
Thereís people out there that think theyíre totally in the right in tearing down the fabric of their environment with a total lack of empathy. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, Iíve heard somewhere.
Every major religion in the world has one thing in common and thatís the Golden Rule Ė treat others as you want to be treated. If you want to treat other people like dirt, maybe everyone should start treating you like dirt.
I know I could treat people like dirt Ė I even acknowledged it a few paragraphs back. I know I could sink down to that level and just be this conduit of hate, but that takes so much energy. Energy that could be put to more valiant pursuits, like exercise! Or finger-painting! Or volunteering to make the world a better place. Something productive, at any rate.
Oh, and if youíre so vain you think this column is about you, perhaps itís time to reevaluate your behaviour. Guilty conscious and all that. Just sayiní.
Letís just be good to each other, huh?